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Our first proper meetup, with topical health tech plus networking

Hello everyone.

I am now writing to give final details for the meetup on 6th August, when Pronoy Saha, who set up the worldwide Health Technology Forum (of which we are one chapter) will be joining us.

The agenda for the evening has changed and is now:

6:00-6:25 PM - Networking
6:25-6:40 PM - Announcements & Introduction
6:40-7:40 PM - Four short presentations (see below)

7:40-8:15 PM - Questions and audience debate
8:15-9:00 PM - Networking drinks reception with speakers

Please do try to arrive in time for us to start the formal proceedings by 6:25 PM

The event is free - many thanks to Covington & Burling llp for the use of the room and the refreshments.


Dr Vinod Achan is a top cardiologist at Frimley Park Hospital in Surrey (see will talk on how he uses technology to improve patient outcomes

Ben Heubl, an editor of Techcrunch and many other things (see will talk on Connected Health Device Technology and Impact - how does it fit into the NGS?

Charles Lowe, organiser, will talk about the challenges of evidencing the benefits of medical technology, and O2’s recent withdrawal from this market.

Drew Benvie, Founder and MD of (see will talk on how health technologies are enabling brands to listen to signals from staff & customers and adapt their business as a result.

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  • Sarah Z.

    Excellent, Interesting talks and good opportunity for networking after

    August 19, 2013

  • Pronoy S.

    August 10, 2013

  • Michael Y.

    A great first event, some diverse presentations giving a varied outlook and different perspective on so many issues and with an interesting discussion and debate after the fact.
    The only sour point for me in the debate was when someone from the floor decided to engage in ridicule and compare chocolate with a health product , quite sad when the question was genuinely in regard to keeping people out of hospitals.
    What was interesting later on was to learn that one of the speakers had actually engaged in acupuncture which proves the fact that people are open to alternative remedies and that word of mouth in these situations is a very powerful medium.
    There are many stories of people of people recovering when supposedly at deaths door and there is no logical, evidence based reason as to why they were "cured" and yet
    they did recover, surely we need to learn from such situations and bring that into the evidence based arena so that medicine can advance still further.

    August 7, 2013

    • James W.

      I agree that more "alternative medicine" should go through clinical trials (if that was the point of your last statements). Unless the side-effects are known, and it's proved to have a statistically significant effect over controls, then a treatment should not be recommended by a public healthcare body.

      1 · August 8, 2013

    • Katy L.

      Evidence is hugely important, but RCTs for alternative medicine are as problematic as they are for telehealth. As Charles pointed out regarding WSD, any intervention which involves a level of education or personalistion for individual patients can have its key benefits negated by the requirements for uniformity of treatment in an RCT. Standard trials also ignore patient reported outcomes, which cannot all be laid at the door of placebo e.g. placebo effect is believed to 'cause' up to about 40% of improvements or cures, yet a good homeopath (much criticised at the event) will get reported benefits in 60-70% of cases. For the same reasons Telehealth interventions, especially those where individual case-management and patient education is part of the service, are not amenable to RCTs and yet significant benefits are achievable for both patients and doctors, as this case study shows:­

      August 8, 2013

  • Pronoy S.

    Enjoyed meeting everyone last night. Please some to our forum and participate. I'll post pictures from last night. Thank you Covington and Burling for sponsoring our event!

    An article from the Economist relevant to our discussions last night-

    August 7, 2013

  • Soraya B.

    Sorry, I'm going to have to miss this one due to work

    August 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Wish I could be there, but I'm going to have to work late now. I look forward to the next meet.
    Kind Regards

    August 6, 2013

  • Paul M.

    Unfortunately won't be able to make it, but would love to talk to the group about the work we're doing at Sloan-Kettering in the future.

    August 6, 2013

  • Rupert F.

    Rather than "Making (all) Health (care) Digital" I am interested in ways in which colleagues are coping with a) the data re-entry overload by front line staff, and b) how care can be "patient centred" when most people and their carers (especially neighbours, friends and family) are, and will remain, the digitally excluded.

    August 1, 2013

    • Rupert F.

      My mother's 100 birthday tomorrow. Grand and great grandchildren in Vancouver and Australis all lined up to use Skype video to wish her well. Only problem no Wi-Fi or 3G access in her £1,000 per week Milton Keynes care home!!! Can't even get my mobile phone to work reliably anywhere in the care home!!

      August 1, 2013

    • Pronoy S.

      Good topic to discuss at Health Tech Forum.

      August 2, 2013

  • Pronoy S.

    Look forward to meeting everyone. Please invite your colleagues.

    July 31, 2013

  • Hak S.

    I won't be able to attend that day now. Look forward to the next one.

    July 30, 2013

  • Anu P.

    Sorry I can't attend this 1st event but look forward to attending future events. Am sure it'll be a success!

    July 29, 2013

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